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Wim Wenders: Driven by Music

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Conversation with Wim Wenders!

You can’t think of a Wenders’ film without a jukebox, a record player or a car radio serving the soundtrack for the pictures in motion. Over the years and throughout the films, Wenders assembled a wide variety of musical styles, with traditional and contemporary music, sometimes introducing new voices that later became famous bands. Wim Wenders will take us on a journey through his personal history of music and film.

Part of the retrospective “Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road”

Liquid Space: A Conversation on 3D

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Conversation with Wim Wenders!

Wim Wenders will discuss the thrilling new possibilities of 3D cinema and how the technology has driven his aesthetic through his recent features, PINA and EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (of which there will be a sneak preview of an excerpt during the talk), as well as his short about the Berliner Philharmonie concert hall from the CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE omnibus, which will screen as part of the program.

Part of the retrospective “Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road”

SundanceNow Doc Club presents: Joyce at 34

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Thu Jul 23 at 5:00pm — Q&A with director Joyce Chopra, moderated by DOC NYC’s Raphaela Neihausen! Digital projection

Joyce Chopra – director of Sundance Award-winning film SMOOTH TALK – filmed JOYCE AT 34 at a pivotal time during the feminist movement when women were creating new opportunities to be both professionals and parents, and men were expected to take a greater role in parenting. Over 40 years later, the pressures to balance work and family remain as strong as ever. The film has a long history as a conversation starter, but for years it has fallen out of general circulation, unavailable on home video or digital platforms, until now. Presented by SundanceNow Doc Club.

This event is free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP. Click here to RSVP

Movie Night with Takashi Murakami: THIEF

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Post-film discussion with Takashi Murakami, moderated by Peter Becker, President of The Criterion Collection/Janus Films!

Murakami’s JELLYFISH EYES opens Wed Jul 15!

DCP projection “A silently professional night-time jewel robbery, reduced to near-abstract essentials and paced by a Tangerine Dream score, sets the electric tone for Mann’s fine follow-up to The Jericho Mile: a philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool. Caan’s the thief, contradictorily building and risking a future mapped out as meticulously as any of his lucrative hi-tech jobs; testing his emotional and criminal independence to the limits; eventually recognising that he’s either exercising or exorcising a death wish.” – Time Out (London)

In the ongoing “Movie Night” program, IFC Center invites special guests to present a screening and acknowledge the brilliance of a timeless classic, spotlight an unsung gem, or defend a guilty pleasure. Past guests include filmmakers Paul Schrader, Miranda July, David Gordon Green, Terry Gilliam, Baz Luhrmann, Gaspar Noe, John Cameron Mitchell, James Toback, Guy Maddin, Paul Verhoeven, Frederick Wiseman, Catherine Breillat and Michel Gondry; Slovenian theorist and philosopher Slavoj Zizek; playwright Annie Baker; musician-actor Will Oldham; author Jonathan Lethem; actress and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini; actor Nick Offerman; comedian and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Fred Armisen; and members of the band Interpol.

Shake the Dust

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Presented by Blue Note Jazz Festival, Jill Newman Productions & Bond/360

From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, SHAKE THE DUST chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

The 78 Project Movie

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Post-film discussion with producer Lavinia Jones Wright & director Alex Steyermark! Following the screening, special guest musician Craig Finn of The Hold Steady will cut a 78rpm record live with The 78 Project creators.

The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one 3-minute take. Along the way, a kaleidoscope of technologists, historians and craftsmen from every facet of field recording – Grammy-winning producers, 78 collectors, curators from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian – provide insights and history. In Tennessee, Mississippi, California, Louisiana, the folk singers, punk rockers, Gospel and Cajun singers in the film share their lives through intimate performances, and find in that adventure a new connection to our cultural legacy.

Featuring musical performances by: The Reverend John Wilkins (Como, MS), Louis Michot, Corey Ledet & Ashlee Michot (Arnaudville, LA), Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, CA), John Doe (Fairfax, CA), Dawn Landes (Brooklyn, NY), Holly Williams w/ Chris Coleman (Nashville, TN), John Reilly & Tom Brosseau (Pasadena, CA), Gaby Moreno & Adam Levy (Los Angeles, CA), Jaron Lanier (Berkeley, CA), Ella Mae Bowen (Franklin, TN), Dylan LeBlanc (Franklin, TN), Coati Mundi (Murrieta, CA), The Bo-Keys w/ Percy Wiggins (Memphis, TN), John Paul Keith (Memphis, TN), Ben Vaughn (Wonder Valley, CA), Sea of Bees (Sacramento, CA), The Easy Leaves (Santa Rosa, CA) and Little Wings (Topanga Canyon, CA)

An Evening with Big Noble

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Interpol’s Daniel Kessler and sound designer Joseph Fraioli in person for a post-film discussion with special guest moderator, Saturday Night Live head writer and cast member Colin Jost!

Big Noble combines environmental sounds with Kessler’s distinctive guitar to create emotional sonic landscapes. Their debut album, First Light, was released earlier this year. Of it, the New York Times said, “As Big Noble, the duo blends Fraioli’s electronic orchestrations and field recordings with Kessler’s unmistakable guitar tones to create instrumentals that are both majestic and intimate.” Consequence Of Sound said, “It packs in loads of emotional resonance despite its short runtime. There are post-rock guitars, ambient strings, and gently repeating chords that build up to satisfying crescendoes… it would make a fantastic film score.”

Befitting the album’s cinematic quality, Kessler and Fraioli commissioned short films from artist friends and colleagues for each track on the album, to reinforce the project’s integration of sound and place. Each film is as different as the directors they enlisted, but taken together, they work both as a unified compilation of innovative short films, and a hypnotic visual representation of the album. The artists include Sam Cole, Daniel Ryan, Andrew Robertson, Travis Robb, Ben Hughes, TWiN, and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe.

Henry Fool + Fay Grim

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

The evening before the release of NED RIFLE, the final chapter in Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool Trilogy, see the first two installments on the big screen in 35mm prints, with director Hal Hartley and stars Thomas Jay Ryan and Parker Posey in person! Double feature — two films for one ticket price

HENRY FOOL (1997, 137 min.) at 7:00pm, followed by a Q&A with Hartley, Ryan, and Posey

“Looser, more expansive and certainly more scatological than Hartley’s earlier work, this very funny, finally touching fable focuses on the way Henry Fool (Ryan) – a bawdy, rebellious, intellectually gifted drifter, and quite possibly a charlatan – transforms the lives of the inhabitants of a small town: notably, shy, put-upon Simon Grim (James Urbaniak), who under Fool’s auspices becomes both celebrated as a writer and demonised as a pornographer; his promiscuous sister (Posey) and depressive mother (Porter). For all its outrageous black humour, however, it remains a Hartley movie, with its wittily stylised dialogue, droll performances, crisp camerawork and its profoundly ironic musings on the nature of art and its status in society – musings which surely reflect on Hartley’s own status as an ambitious but marginalised film-maker.” – Time Out (London)

FAY GRIM (2006, 118 min.) at 9:45pm, intro by Hartley, Ryan, and Posey

“Hartley’s eight-years-on sequel to HENRY FOOL finds the abandoned wife (Posey) of the scumbag anti-hero of the earlier film trying to find out what became of him; as theories and revelations to his true identity, activities and whereabouts emerge, it posits a past for him that embraces and evokes political turmoil worldwide… There are good gags, nice turns from Goldblum and Ryan, and an excellent lead in the dependable Posey.” – Time Out (London)

The Clearstream Affair

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

US Premiere!

Based on a true story from 2001 that anticipated the coming global economic crisis, THE CLEARSTREAM AFFAIR centers on journalist Denis Robert (Gilles Lellouche/THE CONNECTION, THERESE) who sparked a storm in the world of European finance by denouncing the murky operations of Clearstream, a banking firm. His quest to reveal the truth behind a secret world of shadowy multinational banking puts him in contact with an ever-expanding anti-corruption investigation carried out by Judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke (Charles Berling). Their paths will lead them to the heart of a political/financial intrigue named the “Clearstream Affair,” which will rock the foundations of the French government itself.
A co-presentation with the Focus on French Cinema festival.

Unfortunately, star Gilles Lellouche will no longer be able to attend this screening.

Documentary Preservation Summit

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Presented by DOC NYC and the International Documentary Association (IDA), the first Documentary Preservation Summit comes to IFC Center March 31 and April 1. Gathering filmmakers, preservation experts and others, the summit will address the risks of important documentary films being lost and strategies for ensuring their future. Featuring in person appearances by Academy Award winning directors D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop; The War Room) and Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA; American Dream); Margaret Bodde, the executive director of the Film Foundation; and Sandra Schulberg, the head of the IndieCollect film documentation and preservation campaign.

Summit passes, good for all events on both days, are available for purchase in person at the IFC Center box office for $25 (or $20 for IFC Center members). Tickets for individual panels are available online at the links below, or in person at the IFC Center box office.

Tue Mar 31


Documentary films capture vital moments of history and culture that are at great risk of being lost if we don’t pay greater attention to their preservation. This keynote panel is aimed at film lovers who want to better understand why classic documentaries become unavailable and what’s being done to address the crisis in preservation. We’ll unveil new details of the IndieCollect film documentation and preservation campaign funded by the Ford Foundation that seeks to be part of a positive change in independent film preservation. Speakers: Barbara Kopple (filmmaker), D.A. Pennebaker (filmmaker), Sandra Schulberg (IndieCollect), Michael Donaldson (fair use attorney), moderated by Thom Powers (DOC NYC). Click here to purchase tickets

Wed Apr 1


Is there any money to be made from old documentaries? That’s a key question that arises when discussing preservation. This panel brings together representatives of digital streaming platforms to discuss opportunities for selling back catalog films, including case studies of the Drew Associates library and Hands on a Hard Body. Speakers: Jeremy Boxer (Vimeo), Adam Klaff (VHX), Linda Pan (Doc Club), George Schmalz (Kickstarter). Click here to purchase tickets.


Older documentaries often face legal impediments in order to be re-released. Those challenges include unclear contracts with producers and distributors; or murky clearance agreements for footage and music. This panel brings together specialists who have addressed these issues. The discussion will include case studies of reviving Henry Hampton’s Eyes on the Prize and Marcel Ophuls’ The Memory of Justice. Speakers: Margaret Bodde (Film Foundation), Dennis Doros (Milestone Films), Rena Kosersky (Eyes on the Prize), Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom). Click here to purchase tickets.


Filmmakers need to understand what film archives do and how to partner with them. But preserving your film for posterity is just the first step. IndieCollect and some of its archive collaborators illustrate how they preserve work and render it accessible — to film programmers, online distributors, cinephiles, and the general public — so that filmmakers can monetize it. Speakers: Israel Ehrisman (IndieCollect), Elena Rossi-Snook (New York Public Library), Katie Trainor (MoMA). Click here to purchase tickets.


For today’s working filmmaker, finished works as well as raw footage, increasingly wind up on hard drives for digital storage. The challenge of how to cope with digital formats is new to everyone. It requires even greater diligence than was required for older formats of celluloid and tape. On this panel, filmmakers discuss cautionary tales and strategies for not losing precious footage. Speakers: Allison Berg (director, The Dog), Rufus de Rham (Activist Archivists), Clara Fon-Sing (NBCUniversal Archives), David Leitner (filmmaker). Click here to purchase tickets.

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